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33 Principles in 33 Minutes: Building and Maintaining Your Board and Policies


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We’ll provide specific, tangible strategies for building inclusive policies for investment, endowment spending, vendor procurement. In this session we will highlight:
• Building board diversity
• Balancing an open versus authoritative boards
• Managing compensation

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33 Principles in 33 Minutes: Building and Maintaining Your Board and Policies

  1. 1. 33 Principles in 33 Minutes Building & Maintaining Your Best Board Webinar by BoardEffect & Independent Sector May 8, 2018 1
  2. 2. Presenters 2 Kristina Gawrgy Campbell Moderator Independent Sector Dottie Schindlinger Speaker BoardEffect
  3. 3. Session Objectives 3 Review Principles for Effective Governance Strategies to Build & Maintain Your Best Board ? Answer Your Questions
  4. 4. Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice  Originally published in 2007 in response to accusations of malfeasance in the sector, and revised in 2015.  Panel on the Nonprofit Sector came up with recommendations  Pension Protection Act of 2006  33 Principles (Legal Compliance and Public Disclosure, Effective Governance, Strong Financial Oversight and Responsible Fundraising) 4
  5. 5. The board of a charitable organization should include members with the diverse background (including, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, and gender perspectives), experience, and organizational and financial skills necessary to advance the organization’s mission. 5
  6. 6. • Diverse Boards: – Represent communities – Make better decisions (avoids groupthink and blind spots) – Spurs creativity and innovation – Share power and influence 6 The Case for Diversity
  7. 7. • Creating an inclusive and equitable board is a key step to creating a inclusive and equitable organization & outcomes • Resources: – Equity in the Center’s Awake, Woke, Work: Building a Race Equity Culture – Operationalizing Equity: Putting the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Racial and Ethnic Equity and Inclusion Framework Into Action – FSG/PolicyLink’s The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity – W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Racial Equity Resource Guide 7 Inclusive Policies
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  9. 9. The Board Development Cycle 9 Planning & Recruitment Orientation & On-boarding Engagement Evaluation & Retention
  10. 10. Board Planning • Identify needs – Current org strategy – Review/adapt policies re: board size, diversity, inclusion, compensation – Diverse board “profile matrix” 10 Planning & Recruitment
  11. 11. Orientation & On-boarding Strategies • Clarify the role & process – Board’s purpose & priorities – Tailored job descriptions – Simple nominations process • Provide “Board 101” handbook • Set board & individual priorities • “Board contract” • Assign a “board buddy” • 6-month check-in, annual review 11 Store orientation materials and other resources for new Board Members in the Resource and Workroom Libraries Orientation & On- boarding
  12. 12. EXECUTIVE GOVERNANCE (Board Is Overly Reliant on Management) SHARED GOVERNANCE (Open/Collaborative Board) GOVERNANCE BY DEFAULT (Disengaged Board) GOVERNANCE BY FIAT (Board Is Overly Authoritative) 12 4 Profiles of Governance LEVELOFSTAFFINVOLVEMENT LEVEL OF BOARD ENGAGEMENT From the “Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of the Nonprofit Board” seminar taught by William Ryan for the Pew Charitable Trusts, May 2007 Engagement
  13. 13. Evaluation Strategies • Full-board evaluation based on stated purpose & priorities • Member self-assessment based on individual annual “contract” • Peer-evaluations, based on job descriptions 13 Evaluation & Retention
  14. 14. Secure, cloud-based board management software that drives board efficiency, effectiveness & engagement What Is ? Maximizing Board Meetings Enhancing Board Operations Improving the Board Member’s Experience
  15. 15. 15 Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice • Free resources available online at • Sign Up for the rest of the webinar series – registration links will be sent to you • Check out BoardEffect’s resources at